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Spanish has become the second language of the U.S. with more than 20 million of the country’s residents speaking it in their everyday lives. The Spanish Program at the University of South Carolina prepares students with a working proficiency in practical communicative skills in Spanish and familiarity with the cultures in which it is spoken.

Spanish studies prepare students for a wide variety of careers in education, politics, Foreign Service, the helping professions, travel and tourism, government, business, and communication.

Undergraduate: B.A.

As a Spanish major, you will learn to think critically and express yourself effectively in standard Spanish. You will also gain knowledge of the major literary periods, movements and writers of Spanish and Spanish-American literature, culture, and civilization. With small class sizes and all courses taught in Spanish, you will engage in intense communicative interactions with your professors. You may also choose to study abroad in a Spanish-speaking country to strengthen your skills and enhance your academic experience.

Graduate: M.A. and Ph.D.

The graduate faculty in Spanish are well recognized in their fields of specialization and have published extensively in linguistics, pedagogy, peninsular and Latin American literatures and cultures. They regularly collaborate with other programs such as LASP, Linguistics, CPLT and Women’s and Gender’s studies, directing dissertations, teaching cross-listed courses and participating in study groups and regional, national and international conferences. The focus of the Ph.D. in Spanish is transatlantic studies. However, students can specialize in any other related literary or cultural topic of the Spanish-speaking world and graduate assistantships are also awarded based upon merit, to support their research.


Department Chair
Nicholas Vazsonyi

Undergraduate Director
Leah Miller

Graduate Director
Francisco Sanchez

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